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    05-11-2011, 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by horselvr    
First off, hats off to you for rescuing a horse!

Second, congrats on getting such a rare little girl.. Especially since she is pony sized!!

Now back to your original question....

I am assuming you are not intending on going pro with this horse, she is a bit older than what is typical in the big times... But I can say which should improve with weight and exercise her rump is very little. QH have big ol' rumps which gives them power to come out of the barrels. I would really work on getting some groceries on that girl and maybe supplement with a flax seed oil to help build up with out creating fat deposits. Even at a trot she is being asked to exercise beyond her bodies physical allowance. She may do it becuase she has heart but it is still not good for her at this time. So maybe just a walk through the pattern until she gains some weight. A walk through the pattern is just as good as a trot but less physically demanding. When I train my barrel horses I do not run them at all for the first year. They are walked through the pattern 5 or 6 times ( I have some tricks on how to get them to setup at a walk) then go work on something else. I do start my horses younger at about 4 years old but they never run or trot a pattern for a year.

I can't see what kind of flexion she has which would be another important thing for her to have. Ground work her on her flexion to improve it ( I do it all the time with my horses even the ones who have great flexion) and if possible ride her up steep grades and make her walk. It will help build up those hind muscles. Stepping over things will also get those muscles in good shape (like logs and things where she really has to pick her feet up).

When you look at her rump it is not round it is almost triangle in shape which shows a serious lack of muscle there which she will need in order to power out of the turns. Get that bum looking better and overall she will be ok.
Thank You!!! Definitely will do. Also, she will only be used local shows for 4D.
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    05-11-2011, 06:26 PM
Originally Posted by HorseLife97    
Her breed has a natural high set head and are known for not getting very little muscles.. Here Is The Link too the official site.
Thank you, it was very interesting. They seem like nice all around using horses. I was familiar with the Spanish Colonial.
Is your mare gaited?
    05-11-2011, 09:38 PM
Yes, she is gaited. Just her canter though its like a racking canter but way faster and she picks up her feet. I will put a video up tomorrow or the next on horse videos and tag you so you can see.
    05-11-2011, 10:58 PM
New Pics I Took Of Her Today Now Critique This Haha She Gained some weight and muscle. Please notice that the light is reflecting her back and it blends..
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    05-12-2011, 10:25 AM
She is looking better already. Her ribs are not as defined, he butt does not have such a steep slope to it now either. You are doing good with her. Continue to work on her butt and build it up for the power out of the barrels.
    05-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Thanks Those Pics I Posted too start the thread were from 4 days ago so this is how much improvement she made from monday-thursday !!!
    05-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Can you Critique her now? Like whats wrong and whats right on her?
    05-12-2011, 03:29 PM
Originally Posted by HorseLife97    
Thanks Those Pics I Posted too start the thread were from 4 days ago so this is how much improvement she made from monday-thursday !!!
Wow. ?
    05-12-2011, 03:38 PM
Wow? What?
    05-12-2011, 03:57 PM
Not sure how the photos can show her downhill but she is not in real life. It looks like she is standing on pretty level ground.

Not impressed by the very upright angle of her shoulder. Her neck looks to be ewe necked to me, not just underdeveloped.

Big plain head only accentuates her neck. Long back.

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